Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

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BANQUO

65Too cruel any where.
Dear Duff, I prithee, contradict thyself,
And say it is not so.

BANQUO

It would be a terrible event no matter where it happened. Dear Macduff, I beg you, tell us you were lying and say it isn’t so.
Enter MACBETH, LENNOX, and ROSS
MACBETH and LENNOX reenter, with ROSS.

MACBETH

Had I but died an hour before this chance,
I had lived a blessèd time, for from this instant
70There’s nothing serious in mortality.
All is but toys. Renown and grace is dead.
The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
Is left this vault to brag of.

MACBETH

If I had only died an hour before this event I could say I had lived a blessed life. Because from this moment on, there is nothing worth living for. Everything is a sick joke. The graceful and renowned king is dead. The wine of life has been poured out, and only the dregs remain.
Enter MALCOLM and DONALBAIN
MALCOLM and DONALBAIN enter.

DONALBAIN

What is amiss?

DONALBAIN

What’s wrong?

MACBETH

75You are, and do not know ’t.
The spring, the head, the fountain of your blood
Is stopped; the very source of it is stopped.

MACBETH

You are, but you don’t know it yet. The source from which your royal blood comes has been stopped.

MACDUFF

Your royal father’s murdered.

MACDUFF

Your royal father is murdered.

MALCOLM

     Oh, by whom?

MALCOLM

Who did it?

LENNOX

Those of his chamber, as it seemed, had done ’t.
80Their hands and faces were all badged with blood.
So were their daggers, which unwiped we found
Upon their pillows. They stared, and were distracted.
No man’s life was to be trusted with them.

LENNOX

It seems that the guards who were supposed to be protecting his chamber did it. Their hands and faces were all covered with blood. So were their daggers, which we found on their pillows, unwiped. They stared at us in confusion. No one’s life should have been entrusted to them.

MACBETH

Oh, yet I do repent me of my fury,
85That I did kill them.

MACBETH

And yet I still regret the anger that drove me to kill them.